Friday, June 5, 2015

Back in the Saddle

“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31

            Sometimes life goes way too fast and we don’t know whether we are coming or going and sometimes we even forget to eat!  Jesus told the disciples that they needed to take some time to rest and to take care of themselves.  He, being The God-Man and knowing the fragile state of the human body, was trying to teach the disciples another lesson.  We must take care of ourselves.  This message is reiterated in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Although Paul is writing about not giving up in the ministry because results may not be seen as quickly as we’d like to see them, take a good look at the last four words of the verse: “...if we faint not.” We have to take care of ourselves to ensure that our bodies don’t give out and that we do not get so mentally tired and frustrated that we give up on the fight.
            As many of you know, I had taken a sabbatical from my writing because I was forced to go back to college to get a second bachelor’s degree, as my first one was not from an accredited college.  I just could not keep up with the demand of writing that college brings and still have time to teach school an hour away from my home and support my teenage kids through the sports and other school activities. 
The good news is that I graduated college this year.  My degree was conferred on February 15th, 2015 (my beautiful daughter’s birthday, might I also add) and now that part of my life is over—for a while at least!  During this time, God also led our family to resign our church of almost ten years, to join Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor Thomas Brookshire.  This has been a wonderful move for our family.  I do not always understand God’s plan, but I KNOW that God is in control and that it many seem rough right now, but God means it all for our good: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11.  Please pray for us as we have our house on the market.  We are trying to move to Orangeburg so that we will not all be exhausted through the school year, and so that we can participate in more of our church’s activities.  Being an hour away from your church can be a hindrance, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything!  Our son Del will also be taking college classes at the local community college through his senior year of high school, and I want him to be well-rested and attentive in those classes—or I’m going to kill him!  (LOL!) 
Now that I’ve filled our ears with the boring, yet necessary, details of my prolonged absence, I would like to announce that I am working on a new book.  I had to stop writing book number three in the Campbell’s Grove Series, Coming Home, because of my college obligations. I have not abandoned this work.  However, I have written several pieces through my college career that I’ve really grown to love.  I enjoy reading them over and over again!  Some of them I lost when my laptop crashed.  I’m in the process of trying to have that material recovered, but I fear that it is lost forever.  I was able to recover some of the material from email confirmations of assignments that I’d turned in over my college career.  The bottom line is that these pieces can make you smile and cry and re-evaluate things.  Some of the pieces are true-life accounts of some things that have happened to me over my college career, some pieces are fiction that is based on past events in my life, and other pieces are just pure fabrication that created for your reading pleasure and to help others on their journey.  This will be an anthology of my writings in college that I have become particularly fond of.  I hope to have this collection out by the end of this summer.  
Please pray with me that I will my reformatting and tweaking will yield exactly what God wants in print and in eBook.  I will begin compiling and working on this project beginning next week and continuing as I sit in the library at Charleston Southern University while my daughter attends Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) camp there.  She says she wants to go to college for this, and this will be a good opportunity for her to see if she can really handle the job.  They use real cadavers during the camp.  Oye! Better her than me!  I appreciate your thoughts and your prayers as I resume this exciting path in writing for Jesus.  I pray that it will be used to further His Kingdom as he says in Mark 9:41, “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” I pray that my writings will be like good glass of sweet tea!